Quotes by Barry Mann

We became the songs we wrote.
- Barry Mann
We lived, ate, and breathed pop songs.
- Barry Mann
We've written something like 900 songs in all.
- Barry Mann
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You can get stale writing with each other for a while.
- Barry Mann
If we didn't get the record, we didn't exist.
- Barry Mann
You have to be very brave in that first writing session.
- Barry Mann
You're going to have more rejection than acceptance.
- Barry Mann
You've got to really be able to accept the rejection.
- Barry Mann
I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.
- Barry Mann
I've written songs sober and I've written songs high.
- Barry Mann
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Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability.
- Barry Mann
It's very important, at least for me and for Cynthia, to get outside input.
- Barry Mann
It's amazing how a competitive nature can turn a negative into something positive.
- Barry Mann
I know at the beginning of our careers, my wife and I were gut wrenchingly competitive.
- Barry Mann
I also used to work in the Catskill Mountains as a bus boy, and I performed in talent shows.
- Barry Mann
If we were the team that won out, then life was good and we felt that we were worth something.
- Barry Mann
If I waited for inspiration every time I sat down to write a song I probably would be a plumber today.
- Barry Mann
I get a different kind of lyric from someone else that might make me go in a different musical direction.
- Barry Mann
Cynthia's lyrics always expressed the feelings people felt but they couldn't express themselves.
- Barry Mann
I think if one wants to be in a continual state of insanity one should stay married to that writing partner.
- Barry Mann
One other thing, if it's possible, as songwriters, you should also develop yourself as record producers.
- Barry Mann
I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.
- Barry Mann
It's very hard to teach someone how to write a song if to begin with there's no creative crop to harvest.
- Barry Mann
A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.
- Barry Mann
You have certain writing tools but generally creating something from nothing makes one quite mad and Cynthia and I are quite mad you know.
- Barry Mann
The real danger of writing a great song when you're on something is that it might get you thinking that the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you're high.
- Barry Mann
I looked through our catalog year by year, and I saw that there were pockets of time when we wrote some terrific songs. Then all of a sudden, we'd go for another two or three months and there weren't great songs.
- Barry Mann
There's so much fear involved in trying to do something you don't know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are.
- Barry Mann

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